King Felipe today, in remarks during the first semi-open royal event since the pandemic hit Spain, called on citizens to use their intelligence and sacrifice for recovery.
King Felipe and Queen Letizia gathered with other socially-distanced and masked officials at the Cotec Foundation’s annual report release in Madrid. The group focuses on innovation. Most people had to watch online.
The King and Queen have been active during the pandemic but they’ve been focused on meeting with officials and visiting first responders.
Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma, a distant relative of King Felipe, died of COVID-19 in late March. She was the world’s first royal to die of the disease.
Princess Maria Teresa, who died in Paris, was a professor, feminist and political activist. Known as the “red princess,” Doña Maria Teresa was a Carlist, a descendent of an alternative pretender for the Spanish throne.